The State of the Union Is a Mess: Honesty Would Be a Good Start

By Scott S. Powell
Originally published at The Daily Caller

With a new year often comes anticipation and optimism. And this year the State of the Union address will be in front of a new Congress — with a Republican majority in both the House and Senate.

President Obama’s State of the Union speech will likely have its smallest audience to date. That is the price any leader pays for being dissembling on a range of important issues — from Benghazi, to IRS targeting of conservative American non-profits, to keeping your doctor, trading the Gitmo 5 for deserter Bowe Bergdahl — and showing disrespect for the voting public. After all, when after the November 4 election results came in, and Obama said he heard the message of “two-thirds of the people who chose not to vote,” that was final confirmation of rigidity and denial that turns people off.

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Quality Education Reform Starts in the States

Don-NielsenBy Donald Nielsen
Originally published in The Hill

Conservatives and liberals alike may rejoice at the notion that 2015 brings with it a chance to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will be the new chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and has said that his top priority is a revision of NCLB.

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Eric Metaxas in The Wall Street Journal: Much To-Do about Intelligent Design

Don’t miss Eric Metaxas’ recent Wall Street Journal article (reportedly WSJ’s most popular article ever published on their website), in which he examines the question: “At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces?” Metaxas’ article continues to stir debate, sparking both enthusiastic agreement and denunciation.

To go deeper into the theory of intelligent design, Metaxas has recommended reading CSC Director Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design.